Natures Diary

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Badgers will be making the most of their omnivorous diet this month eating any fruits and cereal that they can forage especially Blackberries. Many other mammals eat these fruits including Field Vole and Foxes. Grey Squirrels make an early start on still-green Hazelnuts. Looking to see what has been eating the nuts can be very rewarding if you know what to look for especially if you find remnants of a nut eaten by a Dormouse!


Birds are on the move this month so head to the coast and if the wind is favourable the new arrivals will be flying in while the summer visitors will be grouping together and waiting for more favourable conditions to cross the ocean. Jays can be seen collecting Acorns from Oak trees.


Blackberries, Sloes the fruits of Blackthorn, Elder, Rowan and Rosehips are all displaying and waiting to be eaten and in return their seeds are scattered around the countryside. Horse Chestnut leaves are starting to brown and soon the conkers will be dropping to the ground. Giant Puffballs are edible if found early but if left release their spores in yellow clouds if trodden on. Ivy is a valuable food source for late insects.


A favourite grub of the Badger is the "Leather Jacket" or larval stage of the Cranefly aka "Daddy Long Legs." This month they rather clumsily bumble along lawns, the female constantly hitting the ground as she lays her eggs. A much better insect in flight is the Hummingbird Hawk Moth which can be seen at this time of year hovering like the bird, drinking nectar with its long proboscis. Also very adept on the wing still are Darter and Hawker Dragonflies. Wasps turn to fruit, to collect their sweet foodstuff. Earlier in the year they would be rewarded for bringing insects back to their larvae, back in the nest, by a sugary saliva secretion. Now the queen has stopped producing young the Wasps look to get their fix in gardens and homes.